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Report Card 2009

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Georgia Institute of Technology
College Sustainability Report Card 2009

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Georgia Institute of Technology

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  Campus Sustainability Leader


Endowment: $1,609 million as of June 30, 2007

Location: Atlanta, Georgia

Enrollment: 16,841

Type: Public


Campus Survey: Yes

Dining Survey: Yes

Endowment Survey: Yes


Data compiled from independent research and survey responses from schools. For information on data collection and evaluation, please see the Methodology  section.

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President Clough signed the Presidents Climate Commitment. The Office of Environmental Stewardship has a full-time director who coordinates with energy reduction management engineers, a LEED-accredited green building director, an alternative transportation manager, and a recycling manager. Georgia Tech has incorporated sustainability into its mission statement and strategic plan and has a sustainability advisory council.
Energy-efficient retrofitting has reduced energy use in existing buildings by 11 percent. The institute upgraded infrastructure and a myriad of building technologies for energy and water efficiency, including chillers, boilers, sensors, and HVAC systems. Georgia Tech installed a 342-kilowatt photovoltaic system in 1995, in addition to a solar array on the aquatic center, and has implemented a geothermal system.
Georgia Tech purchases 40 percent of its produce and 25 percent of all food from local sources. Organic food is offered by multiple outlets on campus and discounts are given with reusable cups and shopping bags. There is a student-organized, community-supported agriculture program on campus. Yard waste and coffee grounds are composted and the school has a recycling program.
Campus policy explicitly specifies that all new buildings and renovations will meet or exceed LEED Silver standards. The Klaus Building was LEED Gold-certified in 2008. Currently, six building and renovation projects are LEED-registered, targeting Silver or Gold certification. Six historic buildings were renovated to LEED Silver standards.
Numerous student organizations promote sustainability initiatives on campus and in outreach programs. Sustainability is integrated into new student orientation. Each building has an Eco-Rep.
Electric vehicles comprise 14 percent of the motor pool. A total of 27 percent of campus vehicles use alternative fuel. Georgia Tech operates its own transportation system, providing 2.4 million free campus rides and connecting with Atlanta's mass transit system. The school subsidizes a car-sharing program and transit passes for students, faculty, and staff.
Georgia Tech makes neither a list of endowment holdings nor its shareholder voting record public. This information is available only to trustees and senior administrators.
Georgia Tech aims to optimize investment return and is currently invested in both renewable energy funds and community development loan funds.
Georgia Tech asks that its investment managers handle the details of proxy voting.
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